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IPSY Glam Bag Plus – 2021 In Review

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Feb 15, 2022 | 1 comment
IPSY Glam Bag Plus – 2021 In Review

IPSY Glam Bag Plus is one of my favorite beauty and makeup subscriptions and I think it is such a great value for anyone who loves full-size products both from bigger name brands as well as fun indie brands. It is one that I look forward to each and every month! It is also a subscription that chooses items for you based on a beauty profile, but you also get control over 2 of the 5 included products which makes it feel very special! 2021 was a really fun year for this subscription so let's take a peek into the details of this reader favorite.

Gallery: My 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Deliveries

About IPSY Glam Bag Plus

IPSY Glam Bag Plus is a personalized beauty subscription. Members take a short quiz to personalize their beauty preferences, then choose between two memberships. Glam Bag subscribers receive 5 deluxe samples for $13 per month, while Glam Bag Plus subscribers receive 5 full-size products for $28 per month.

Ships to: the US

What IPSY Glam Bag Plus Got Right in 2021

New (to me!) Brands and Old Favorites

This is one of those subscriptions that always has some good stuff inside! I received items from these favorite brands in 2021: tarte, Fenty Beauty, Murad, Dr. Brant, Glow Recipe, SKYLAR, Origins, Violet Voss, Goldfadden MD, Elemis, and more! I also got to try out formulas from some new favorites: Best Face Forward, Sweet Chef, About-Face by Halsey, and FLUIDE.


This box is $28 and always delivers at least a $120+ value in full-size items. This subscription did increase from $25 to $28 a month in 2021. But the value it delivers is hard to beat!

Add-Ons and Sales

IPSY is always having fun sales and add-ons that subscribers can easily add to their deliveries from within their account. It is such a great way to affordably further personalize your bag and try out even more new brands and formulas. There is always a wide price range of items from deluxe samples to full-size as well as specialty curated bundles. Access to these sales makes having a membership even more thrilling.

What I Would Like to See in 2022

For 2022, I would love to see IPSY Glam Bag Plus continue to add those brands we all can't get enough of! Is there anything more fun than having an item on your Sephora or Ulta wishlist and then it magically appears in your subscription delivery? I hope 2022 continues this theme of delight, and, selfishly, I want more Glow Recipe!

I also hope that the new $28 price increase will be stable for a long time. Sure, this bag is still an incredible value, but keeping it locked at that rate would be a big plus to the new year.

My Favorite Products from IPSY Glam Bag Plus in 2021

GOLDFADEN MD Mist RX Daily Nutrient Facial Mist, 2 fl oz – Retail Value $48

From October 2021:

A mist is nearly always a win for me, and this one, in particular, is pretty excellent! Inside is a blend of all good things: aloe, hyaluronic acid, glycerine, and lactococcus ferment lysate. That last one is the one I want to dive into for a second because if you are an ingredient geek, this one gets exciting.

Basically, in limited tests, this ingredient was shown to increase skin regeneration and also thicken the outermost layer of skin. And, sure, it is still not as proven over time as some other hype-worthy ingredients, but I love learning about these new ingredients that show promise.

In terms of the mist itself, it smells good, leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed, and provides moisture. What’s not to love?

Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten Marbleized Blush in ‘Tropic Hues’, 4.5 g – Retail Value $28

From September 2021:

I would never consider myself a big Laura Geller makeup fan, but one thing this brand does do incredibly well is their baked blush. They are stunning to look at even before you apply them but the marbelized baked surface creates a perfect blush blend when you use a larger fluffy brush. I also discovered this really cool video of exactly how baked blush is made and it made me appreciate this stuff even more. This particular shade is a blend of pink and coppery coral that transforms into a really great shade when mixed, as you can see below. The coverage is also buildable so you can look just a little sunkissed or really go full glam, your choice!

Pixi by Petra Nuance Quartette in ‘Honey Nectar’, 4 shades – Retail Value $16.00

From January 2021:

So… I should be totally sick of highlighters. I complain about black eyeliner and mascaras in my boxes but every time a new highlighter arrives I am almost clapping. This palette at least also arrived with a pretty pink-peach blush and soft bronzer that I could use to contour my cheeks (though I won’t). The two highlighters inside are also quite different from each other, one being golden champagne and the other a pink with a gold shine. I love them both. They work perfectly with my favorite big fluffy brush to give a radiant finish to any look, makeup or makeup free.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Lip Pop, 4.2 g – Retail Value $22.00

From August 2021:

This has been on my wishlist so I was thrilled to see it in this assortment this month! I love every single thing I have ever tried from Glow Recipe and their watermelon line is especially beloved by both myself and my Mom. This lip balm shares that same yummy scent and is so hydrating and smoothing. It has the most gentle (yet still super effective!) scrub texture that melts into a balm as you rub your lips together and also gives just a little pink tint. I never saw myself being someone who would spend $22 on a lip balm, but I am hooked and I want to try the blueberry flavor next!

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in ‘Unlocked’, 4 mL – Retail Value $25.00

From July 2021:

Be still my beating heart. I am absolutely weak for a loud pink lip. W.E.A.K. And Fenty Beauty over-delivered with this bold hot pink in a matte formula that has made me rethink how I feel about matte finishes in general. First, this glass bottle is just gorgeous. The special doe-foot applicator makes precise placement easy-peasy and the extra-long silver cap feels so fancy. The formula itself is one swipe opaque and though you get that matte finish, it never truly dries down, meaning your lips stay soft and velvety with zero flakiness. I have been wearing this regularly since I opened it and the compliments I get are near-constant.

TARTE SEA hydrocealer™ concealer in 12N Fair Neutral, 6 g – Retail Value $25.00

From June 2021:

I have used this concealer before and I really like it. Sure, it is a little heavy for someone like me who is a makeup minimalist, but I have a secret to make it work. I apply my SPF all over my face and while it is still drying, I dab a few dots of this under my eyes, on my chin, forehead, and down my nose. Then I quickly blend it with the SPF for a sheer and really flattering coverage that feels light enough to suit me but also provides a nice even tone to my prone-to-redness skin.

IL MAKIAGE Color Boss Squad Palette in ‘The Real Deal’ – Retail Value $36

From September 2021:

I was actually blown away by this palette. And I have reviewed MANY palettes. Despite it only having four shades and looking pretty average in terms of the colors, the formulas are incredible. The pigment levels and utter smoothness were really surprising. I don’t even have strong feelings about this brand either way, but this palette.. wow! The color story is also incredibly flattering on my skin tone and with my hair and eyes. That second matte color is especially marvelous, even by itself all over my lid. I also loved the heavyweight of the silver compact and the handy built-in mirror. This one is a winner!

Who Do I Recommend IPSY Glam Bag Plus For?

IPSY Glam Bag Plus is the perfect subscription for anyone who wants full-size beauty and makeup products delivered monthly for a very affordable subscription cost. It is great for both beauty mavens and beauty newbies alike and has a wonderful mix of big brands and smaller indie treasures. If you are obsessed with beauty, this bag is for you!

What were your fave IPSY Glam Bag Plus products this year? Let me know in the comments!

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Megan K.
Megan K.
I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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Autumn P

Oohhh I love tht little Il Makiage palette! It just looks super-luxe! Thx for the review..HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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